Eight students from Syria are joining 39 other international students at the college this year. The country has suffered a breakdown of higher education during the conflict.
"With the turmoil that's been happening in Syria," said Vice President of Enrollment Services Shane Davidson, "students were looking to study in the United States and with partnerships that we have with agencies that allowed some of those students to come and take advantage of the education at the University of Evansville."
The university is also celebrating a five percent increase of incoming freshmen with 543 students. Those students represent 28 states and 20 countries.
The college also retained 85 percent of last year's freshmen, the highest retention rate since 1998.